Emergency room visits related to a traumatic brain injury (including concussions) among women doubled between 2001 and 2010. These injuries are from car accidents, assault, sports, falls, etc. In addition, studies show that women are more prone to concussion, even when playing the same sports.
When women do experience concussions, their symptoms often last longer and they take longer to recover from.
Women have DOUBLE the risk for concussions in sports.
Compared to men, women have nearly double the risk for concussions in sport. “For a long time, we assumed that women were simply more likely to report concussion symptoms than men, but research now shows that’s not the case,” says James Borchers, MD, from Ohio State University.
Additionally, research shows that the symptoms women show as a result of a concussion are dramatically more obvious that those in men, such as trouble with balance and migraines.
Progesterone and the Brain.
One of the possible reasons why symptoms are worse and take longer to go away? Hormones. Progesterone, which supports brain cell growth and helps to keep one calm, drops when a brain injury is sustained. This affects a woman’s brain and her body!